AMEU/Veep Donates Books To Museum
The Vice President for Curriculum and program at the African Methodist Episcopal University on Camp Johnson Road, Dr. Adetojumbo Brishade has donated a consignment of books worth over US$2, 000 to the National Museum.
Speaking to this paper on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the National Museum on Broad Street in Monrovia at the presentation ceremony, Dr. Brishade said the donation was her own way of identifying with Liberian culture.
She said the gesture was her personal contribution intended to create a resource center for Liberian students that are interested in research works.
She indicated that this donation is a starting point for developing a resource center for Liberian and international students, lecturers, professional, and researchers.
The books, she noted, would help lecturers to research on African and Liberian civilization, culture and tradition.
Dr. Brishade said the books would also help to create lecture series for students, using the resource center. She also donated two pieces of projectors and accessories to the Museum.
She called on Liberians to see the donation as a medium through which they could learn about their heritage.
The books include the culture of the Black virgin, African Exodus, the Master of speech, including Conversation with Ogatemeia, among others.
According to her, these books are up –to- date materials, written by international African scholars who presented actual evidence on African achievements and contributions to humanity and to world civilization.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Information, Cultural affairs and Tourism, Assistant Minister of Culture at the Ministry of Information, Madam Louise W. Mcmillian thanked Dr. Borishade for the donation, and promised to use it for the intended purpose.
The National Museum of Liberia is a department under the Ministry of Information, Cultural affairs and Tourism, established by an act of the Legislature in 1958, under the administration of Liberia's 18th President William V.S. Tubman.
This department was first established as part of the Department of Public Instruction, which is now the Ministry of Education, and was mandated to collect, preserve, and display Liberia's cultural and indigenous artifacts and other historical items.
The museum remained under the Department of Public Instruction until 1965, when it became a part of the Department of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.
This department was ditched to form the National Bureau of Culture and Tourism, of which the Museum was a part.
When the Bureau of Culture and Tourism was dissolved in June 1987, the Museum was returned to the control of the Ministry of Information.
Due to the 14 years of civil unrest, which also brought a tremendous loss of lives, including vandalism, looting and destruction of Liberia's cultural heritage, the National Museum lost more than 5,800 items from its collection.
When the war ended in 2003, the National Museum was left completely empty.
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